Blissfully Engaged: Vendor Research

Happy Wednesday Brides to Be! 

If you missed last week's blog post about determining your style you can go back and download the worksheet here. And if you missed two weeks ago and the worksheet for planning your budget, make sure to check it out first.

The worksheet this week is for vendor research and you can download it here! You'll want to save this worksheet and print out one copy per vendor type so you can make notes and comparisons all on one sheet.  

You should have your basic budget planned out roughly from two weeks ago but if not, I highly encourage you to start there!  Once that is complete you can start researching vendors in your area.  I would always start with the venue as that will determine your finalized date.  

To start researching vendors, google is one of the easiest ways to begin, but not the only way!  Sometimes newer vendors are hard to find on google, so check out Facebook, wedding sites like the Knot, WeddingWire, etc and ask around!  If you're planning to use a full service wedding planner, you should be searching for them first or second (after the venue if you have a date that you are set on) as they will help you walk through finding the perfect vendors.

There are a lot of wedding vendors out there with different styles and price ranges.  Keep your style sheet handy as you research vendors so you can make sure their style matches yours.  If you're planning a rustic, outdoor wedding, you don't need to take the time to reach out to ballroom venues and vice versa.  

As you come across vendors that you love and match your style, write them on the sheet for their category. Add their pricing to the sheet, but only for the package that you would plan on using. Write lots of notes in the side bar--why you like them--so you can remember a little about each vendor.  

I know a lot of vendors don't list their pricing on their website, so you might have to reach out to them to see if they fall within your budget.  I would type out a general email for each type of vendor that you'll be reaching out to with the same questions about pricing and packages and if they have your date available.  

Once you have pricing back from all vendors in the category, rank them as to which are you and your fiancé's favorites. You'll want to start by following up with your #1 ranked vendor and asking to set up an in person meeting or video call.  I would never book a vendor without first meeting them and then either reading reviews or asking for references.  We'll go over what to ask your major vendors in the next few weeks.  I have some of my favorite vendors helping me out and sharing their advice! 

Remember if you're getting overwhelmed, I offer virtual wedding planning or design sessions!  You can find more info on my Event Collections page or you can shoot me an email!

Happy Planning Brides!  I can't wait to see what you're working on so tag me on Instagram and use the hashtag #BlissfullyEngaged.